Planning a gorilla trek and now thinking of how to book a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda and Rwanda? It is essential to book a gorilla trekking permit in advance if you are interested in a gorilla safari Uganda and Rwanda. Gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga in Uganda should be booked for at least 10 months before the actual date of trekking. A Gorilla permit is a legal document that allow a visitor to trek and see habituated gorillas in their natural habitat for one hour per day.

Booking a Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda can be done directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) or through a trusted tour company that books on your behalf in both countries. Gorilla Safaris Experts team will help you to book your gorilla permit and handle your gorilla trekking trip formalities in Uganda or Rwanda.

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda is subject to availability and must be booked ahead of your trekking day to avoid disappointments on a trekking start point. Its recommended that you deposit gorilla permit fees as soon as you confirm your trip in order for the company to secure your slot. A limited number of permits are available everyday meaning there is a lot of competition for them especially in the high season in the months of June to September and December to march so booking your permit early will save you the hustle to get one or even missing a chance to visit the gorillas at your desired time.

To book a Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda you need to consider your choice of trekking locations or sectors in Bwindi forest that is Rushaga, Buhoma, Ruhija and Nkuringo sector and Nyakagezi in Mgahinga gorilla national park. As you organize and book a Gorilla Safari in Uganda, consider advance payment deposit to enable us purchase your gorilla permit and get you a perfect gorilla trekking sector and off course book a nice lodge for you.

Mountain gorillas are found in three Africa countries, these are Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. The mountain gorillas are endangered therefore in order to protect them from extinction, different governments have restricted the frequency of visits to see the gorillas, only 8 people are allowed to visit a particular gorilla family per day and allowed only one hour with them. The minimum age limit for gorilla trekking is 15 years, in other wards a person to go for gorilla trekking should be 15 year and above.

When booking a Gorilla Permit directly from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA):

Contact the Uganda Wildlife Authority UWA reservations office in Kampala through an email or phone call inquiring of the availability of the permits on your desired date, month and year plus the location where you want to trek gorillas.

If the said dates or location are already reserved, you will be advised on the possible dates and location with availability in which you can choose the most convenient for you.

Once you have got a date and location, you will pay directly to UWA accounts together with the charges and send a scanned proof of payment to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)

Once received it will take 2-4 days to process your gorilla permit and you will receive a scanned copy of your permit containing your name, passport number, home country, gorilla trekking date and location of tracking in Bwindi forest. You will then remain to present yourself for trekking on the gorilla tracking day in the specific Bwindi forest location given.

When Booking a Gorilla permit through a Trusted Tour Company

If you are interested in doing a gorilla trek, the simplest way is to just contact the company, like Gorilla Safari Experts by Adventures To Gorilla Africa Ltd. The tour company will provide the needed information and they will go through the hustle for you. No extra charges when booking a gorilla tour with a trusted tour company that will at the some time handle transfers, guidance and accommodation arrangements.

Given that the local tour company on the ground have enough knowledge about the different locations and so will make good choice for you to meet your preference and budget for example they choose a location to match your accommodation. If you only book a gorilla permit and do self drive, a small fee will be charged to cover some costs that the tour agency will incur while trying to get in touch with Uganda wildlife Authority on your behalf.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda takes place parks that is Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park but all permits have to be booked from Uganda wildlife Authority offices in Kampala and no booking is done on arrival at the park offices.

Bwindi Impenetrable national park also allows visitors to participate in gorilla habituation process which lasts up to four hours with gorillas on each day visit and the permits are also booked like the normal gorilla trekking.

Gorilla Permits Cost Differently Uganda, Rwanda & DR Congo

In Rwanda  Gorilla permit cost USD 1500,

In Uganda foreign non-residents pay USD 700.

Foreign residents in East Africa pay USD 600 trekking gorillas in Uganda and east African residents pay 250,000 Uganda shillings to visit gorillas.

A Uganda Gorilla habituation permits cost USD 1500.

DR Congo a gorilla permit cost USD 400.

Gorilla Trekking Permits For Rwanda. (Volcanoes National Park)

Gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda can be booked through Rwanda Development Board (RDB) or through a trusted tour operator like Gorilla Safari Experts by Adventures To Gorilla Africa Ltd, who will handle all your tour formalities like booking gorilla permit, transfers, accommodation booking and handling your transportation while touring Rwanda.

  • Rwanda Gorilla permit for Rwanda nationals and all East African Citizen cost from USD 1500.
  • For Foreign Residents in Rwanda gorilla permit from USD 1500.
  • International Visitors, gorilla permit fees remain at USD 1500.

Uganda Discounted Gorilla Permits (DECEMBER 2022  TO MARCH 2023 OFFER)

  • Uganda foreign non-residents permit reduced from $700 to USD 400.
  • Foreign residents in East Africa Uganda gorilla permits reduced from $600 to USD 300.
  • East African residents gorilla trekking permit reduced from UGX 250,000 to 150,000 Uganda shillings.
  • A Uganda Gorilla habituation permits cost remain at USD 1500.

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